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Visit to Künzell

Visit to Künzell

14-18 September 2015



A party of 14 members of the Twinning Association visited our twin town of Künzell, Germany, in the middle of September.  Everyone was accommodated in the homes of members of the Künzell Twinning group, which gave us great opportunities to chat and get to know the families and the German way of life.







And, as we said our farewells on the last day, sad to leave the friends we had made, our last task was to issue an invitation to them to visit us next year.  Hopefully, we will see them all again in June 2016 in Rustington.

We were treated to a tour of some of the council facilities in Künzell, including their maintenance department, the volunteer Fire Brigade, and the local water supply works.  It was interesting to compare the very localised responsibility for these facilities with the more centralised arrangements in England.


It was particularly nice to meet Gerhard Renner, the Headteacher of the Florenbergschule, which is twinned with Rustington Community Primary School.  The two schools have recently had a very successful exchange of artwork by the pupils.


Künzell lies on the edge of the Rhön, a beautiful area of hills with forests, meadows and moors, but sadly divided for 45 years by the Inner German Border between East and West Germany.  A coach trip was organised by our hosts to Point Alpha, for many years a potential flash-point between the Super-Powers, but today an informative museum and a moving memorial to the division of the country and the families that inhabited this area, and to the many would-be escapees who died while attempting to cross from East to West.  After lunch in The Black Horse Inn, named for the American cavalry regiment that manned Point Alpha, we visited the Wasserkuppe, a large rounded hill where model, then manned, gliders were developed in the early years of the last century.  Today it is home to a huge Glider Museum, and an empty radome, another relic of the Cold War, but today a venue for weddings!  Our guide played some music that echoed round and round the inside of the huge globe, producing an eerie and ethereal effect.  We finished the day with a traditional German meal in Kloster Kreuzberg, a monastery that still brews its own beer.


Our visit coincided with the beginning of the Oktoberfest, the period of celebration of beer and brewing.  So, after a day spent in the nearby city of Fulda, beginning with a guided tour and followed with shopping, our final evening meal was at the Q-Alm, Künzell’s Bavarian-themed restaurant, with waiters in Lederhosen and waitresses in Dirndls – a fitting memory to bring back to Rustington!


At a reception accompanied by a delicious barbecue, The Twinning Association presented gifts from Rustington Parish Council to Peter Meineke, the outgoing Mayor of Künzell who had taken an active part in the twinning arrangements for the last eight years, and to his successor, Timo Zentgraf, who was elected in March this year.


Visitors and their hosts at the Dicker Turm

  Photo: Lucas Mehler

The Barbecue at Keulos

Photo: Brian Baldwin


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


Photo: Lucas Mehler


The old and new Mayors celebrate with the visitors

Timo Zentgraf receives his present from Rustington

We visit the wasserwerk….

….and the Feuerwehr…

…and Florenbergschule

The model of the radomes at the Wasserkuppe

The view from the Kreuzberg

A Bavarian meal at the Q-Alm restaurant

Visitors and hosts say farewell - till next year!